I always knew that turning off the lights when you weren’t using them was important(thanks dad!). And thanks to recent studies and PSAs, I’ve realized that the equipment I have plugged in draws a constant stream of current, and that adds up over time. Still though, I couldn’t be bothered to shove my hand behind my bed with all the dust and dog-fur to unplug my power strip every time I leave the house.
When I took a look at these figures from Lawrence Berkeley International Laboratory, I decided to take another look at what my electric meter is doing while I’m at work/asleep. I’m in a difficult position, as is any green/tech blogger. I love my internets and gadgets, but I also don’t want to be an insurmountable burden on the planet. Surely we can compromise and use less of the appliances that we’re already not using, right?
Stay tuned for a followup post on the environmental impacts of the internet and the modern data consumer.